Top 50 Liberal Democrats 2009

  • 18 Sep 2009

(+1) Vince Cable LibDem Treasury Spokesman There’s no doubt that Cable is the most respected LibDem politician in the country – not just in his own party, either. He bitterly regretted not standing for the leadership and if anything happened to Clegg, he would surel...

An Evening with Sir Les & Dame Edna

  • 16 Sep 2009

Last night I went to see Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage at the Royal Albert Hall. What a disappointment. I last saw them on stage about 15 years ago. I remember leaving the theatre with my cheekbones hurting because I had laughed so much. It was rather different last ...

Behind the Scenes at the Bedford Open Primary

  • 15 Sep 2009

If I had been paid a fee for chairing last night's mayoral Open Primary in Bedford, I reckon I would have been worth every penny. Why? Because there were so many people registering to attend, the start time had to be delayed from 7.30 until 8.50. Imagine it. You have a hall...

If Brown Is Ill He Deserves Our Compassion, Not Our Insults

  • 12 Sep 2009

Last week I began to write a blogpost about an allegation that the Prime Minister was alleged to be taking powerful anti depressants. The story had appeared on a blog run by John Ward. In the end I didn't run it as it was impossible to stand up. However, since then it's become...

It All Comes Down to Trust

  • 11 Sep 2009

From time to time I am invited to give talks in schools about politics. If I understand it correctly, if I am to continue doing this in the future I will have to register on a new government anti-paedophile database, so that people can be reassured I am not likely to interfere...

My Trip to Armenia

  • 8 Sep 2009

Today has been a whirlwind. Three very different TV interviews in Yerevan, a visit to the Genocide museum & memorial, a trip outside the capital to see a 1st century AD pagan temple and a monastry, a meeting with a dozen Armenian political bloggers, drinks with an organisa...

Meeting the Armenian Margaret Thatcher

  • 7 Sep 2009

Having only had four hours sleep, today got a bit of getting through. Eyelids were drooping at one stage. This morning was spent in meetings with the British Council here in Yerevan and then meeting the British Ambassador to Armenia, Charles Lonsdale (pic) at the embassy. We t...

In Defence of Lord McColl

  • 19 Aug 2009

It's stories like THIS in today's Times, which make me despair about the quality of some of our political journalism. Full of innuendo, attempts to smear, but backed up by very little. Lord McColl is a junior Tory health spokesman. Heard of him? No, me neither. In real life...

Killing Speed

  • 14 Aug 2009

This morning I attended a two and a half hour long speed awareness course, having been caught doing 37 mph in a 30 limit in Brixton at 3am one morning in early June. I will admit to being slightly sceptical of what it would entail, but I have to say I found the whole thing ver...

Where are the Female Right Wing Pundits?

  • 14 Aug 2009

Tim Montgomerie has an interesting post headlined "Which is more influential, Newsnight or Today"? He says he never turns down a slot on the Today Programme because of its influential audience. He also reckons it has an audience of 5-7 million at any one time. I don't think he...